Rep. Wu Officially Resigns

Another Dem steps down in wake of sex scandal
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2011 10:36 PM CDT
Updated Aug 4, 2011 12:01 AM CDT
Rep. David Wu notified state and federal authorities that his resignation will be effective at the end of the day Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

(Newser) – Oregon Democrat David Wu has made his resignation from the House official, reports Roll Call. Wu—who announced his attention to step down after he was accused of having an "unwanted" sexual encounter with the teen daughter of a campaign donor—is the fourth member of Congress this year to quit after a sex scandal surfaced. Wu made no mention of the scandal in his resignation statement.

"Serving as a US Congressman has been the greatest honor of my life," Wu said. "There is no other job where you get up each day and ask, 'How can I try to make the world a better place today?'" A special election will be held in Wu's Portland-based district, and Democratic officials say they're confident they will retain the seat.

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